SWEDISH SPOILER BREAKS UP AMERICAN BATTLE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP
PHOTO CREDIT TO MEREDITH BLOCK/FARR 30 WORLDS
Near-Perfect Day For Swedish Team Vaults ‘Farr Bar 2’ Into Second Place At Halfway Point
Båstad, SWEDEN (3 August 2012) – Picture-perfect conditions greeted the 132 racers competing for the 2012 BMW Farr 30 World Championship today, with the Northern sun and consistent 10-13 knot winds from the Southwest providing an action-packed, 3-race day for the 19 boat fleet.
2-time Swedish Olympic sailor Martin Strandberg (Malmo, SWE) launched Farr Bar 2 off the line in the first two races, holding on for victory in both and pushing the long time catamaran sailor into the overall Championship lead after five races, if only for a short time. “We had great boatspeed all day, and our tactician was just 100% on today,” Strandberg said. “We definitely found our groove in these conditions, a bit lighter and with more stable wind than the opening day.” Strandberg had another spectacular start on the final race of the day, though it was maybe a little too good. “We weren’t sure whether we were over the line early, but we couldn’t take the chance so we went back to the start, and that’s where the battle began.” Farr Bar 2 would lead an amazing comeback, sailing through the fleet from last place all the way to sixth at the finish.
As the Swede faltered, yesterday’s leader and current World Champion Groovederci (Deneen Demourkas, Santa Barbara, California) recovered from two sub-par performances early to win Race 6 convincingly, wresting the lead back from Strandberg. Mainsail trimmer and triple Farr 30 World titleholder Darren Jones felt his team’s positive attitude helped them stay focused. “We got caught on the wrong side, had two terrible starts, hit a guy at the top mark and took a penalty, and things weren’t looking so flash,” he said. “But I told [tactician] Cam ‘hang tough, we have plenty of cards to play’, and we came back from near last to fourth on the second race, and set up a strong finish to the day.” Jones doesn’t think Groovederci’s 4-point lead gives them much breathing room though. “It’s incredibly hard to defend here. “You just have to sail your own race and play these tough shifts the best you can; four points is one wind shift.” The final leg of Race 6 saw Groovederci on the right side of just such a shift; Demourkas went from fourth to first in the last 400 meters of the racecourse.
Barking Mad skipper James Richardson (New York, NY) still sits five points behind arch-rival Demourkas despite being over the line in Race 5. “It could have been a better day for us, but getting back to a fifth in that race felt really good,” he said. Richardson got caught on the wrong side of a shift on the last leg of Race 6; until that point he looked to have closed the gap to Demourkas. “It always hurts to end the day on a downer, but this beautiful place helps to take the sting out of that,” said Richardson, who knows there’s plenty of racing left. “We haven’t put our best foot forward yet but we’re still in the hunt.”
Three races are scheduled for Saturday beginning at 1100 local time, with a similar forecast to Friday’s racing.
Results After 6 Races (Top 5 Only):
1) USA 706 Groovederci | 18 points | Deneen Demourkas | Santa Barbara YC
2) 5) SWE 381 Farr Barr 2 | 22 points | Martin Strandberg | MSS
3) USA 50955 Barking Mad | 23 points | James Richardson | New York YC
4) GER 5373 Topas | 31 points | Dr. Harald Bruening | KYC/WYC/RORC
5) SWE 2 Letto Di Pletto | 36 points | Thomas Olsson | HASS
PHOTO CREDIT TO MEREDITH BLOCK/FARR 30 WORLDS
FOLLOW THE RACING AT HOME
Fans of the Farr 30 can keep up with the latest action from Båstad via Facebook, Twitter, and the Worlds website, while every race will be available to watch live via the TracTrac tracking system. Here’s how:
- 2012 BMW World Championship Website: http://bit.ly/Niqd3k
- Daily Results: http://bit.ly/QkGx8R
- Day One Video Highlights: http://bit.ly/OxeorQ
- Crew List: http://bit.ly/NWOm2r
- Photo Gallery: http://bit.ly/NWOpLK
- Live Tracking: http://bit.ly/M8O05H
- Live Photo Blog: http://bit.ly/OFBeS2
- Farr 30 Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/bpEpZ0
- International Farr 30 Class Site: http://www.farr30.org
- Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/farr30class
- Worlds Entry List: http://bit.ly/qZ4Cad
- Worlds Crew List: http://bit.ly/qWtJ4Z
- List of Previous Farr 30 World Champs: http://bit.ly/rlkkgR
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ABOUT THE 2012 BMW FARR 30 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
After a Class re-organization in 2009, the Farr 30 Class embarked on an aggressive plan of rebirth and growth of Class racing, resulting in strong growth of the Worlds fleet leading to the 2012 Championship. Class racing continues to grow from Sweden to Southern California and the Arabian Peninsula to Turkey. Used boats in great condition are widely available, providing a surprisingly cost-effective alternative to more expensive 30-foot racers that provide a fraction of the fun and versatility of the Farr 30. For more, check out www.farr30.org.
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